TEDx = a highfalutin free event happening at the Nelson

An event happening in Kansas City on August 20 rhymes with Red X. But just the fact that it’s happening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum makes TEDx the diametric opposite of Riverside’s favorite liquor and random supply store.

The concept behind TEDx is actually a little hard to get your head around. TED stands for “technology, entertainment and design” and is the acronym for a brainstorming conference that’s been happening since 1984. According to a press release, the August 20 event is “a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The August 20 event is called TEDxKC, where x=independently organized TED event.” Three different speakers — Majora Carter, John Gerzema and Adam Johnson — will give presentations on the theme “Breakdown/Breakthrough: A Sobering/Uplifting Consideration of What’s Next.” Avant-garde local musician Mark Southerland will also perform with his Urban Noise Camp.

Although we’re still unclear about just what’s going to happen, the Nelson assures us that TEDx, which is free to attend, will fill Atkins Auditorium to capacity. So if you’re curious about consumerism, urban renewal and how art museums balance art presentation and preservation, reserve your TEDx seat today.

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